Blackheads can kind of creep up on you. You look in the mirror every day and then one day, you REALLY look in the mirror and all of a sudden, your nose is rife with not-so-cute mini-dots.
Blackheads are caused by open pores clogged by sebum and dead skin cells. When that oil oxidizes—because the pore is open and exposed to air—it turns black. How badly do you want to wash your face right now?
GLAMGLOW® SUPERMUD™, $76, sephora.com
The most buzzed-about solution right now is GLAMGLOW® SUPERMUD™. Its mix of clay, exfoliating acids and activated charcoal works together to clear out blackheads. And while you won’t get exactly the same gross-but-satisfying results as using a sticky blackhead strip, as the mask dries, darker spots show the pores and areas that are being clarified.
Four more pore-clearing products to try:
Dr. Jart+ Blackhead Master Patch, $39, sephora.com
Not your average pore strip, this two-step system first opens pores, loosens dirt and dissolves black and whiteheads, while the second strip tones and minimizes pores.
Dr. Brandt Skincare Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner, $55, sephora.com
This mask changes colour to a light blue after five or 10 minutes, so you know it’s time to remove it. It extracts blackheads using silicone dioxide and salicylic acid.
B. Kamins Blemish Gel 5%, $29, bkamins.com
An oil-free yet moisturizing benzoyl peroxide treatment to clear up clogged pores and blemishes.
Darphin Overnight Refining Lotion, $54, murale.ca
A night treatment to be applied to the T-zone before bed, witch hazel extract and lemon, lavender and sage essential oils unclog pores and minimize pore size so you wake up with clearer skin.